We’re 30! SEEDS celebrated 30 years of cultivating common ground in our communities in 2013. This year’s annual fundraising dinner event looked back on our organization’s history, honored local community members committed to cultivating peace in our communities, featured a keynote speaker, a musical performance, and a fundraising raffle. Thank you to all those involved who made it such a great success.
Event details and photos from the dinner are below.
Speakers and Entertainment
2013 Keynote Speaker
Glynn has held a variety of positions, including the director of Young Entrepreneurs at Haas (YEAH); executive director of the Council for Responsible Public Investment (CRPI); administrator for the San Francisco Human Services Network (HSN); legislative analyst for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors; and, urban affairs consultant with Ernst & Young LLP. Glynn also has extensive international experience, having studied in Japan and worked in both Japan and Malaysia.
Glynn also worked on Oakland Mayor’s Ronald Dellum’s Youth Services Task Force, and served on the grantee committees for both the Fund for Children and Youth and the Oakland Measure Y anti-violence initiative. He has received commendations from both the San Francisco Mayor’s Office and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for public service in addressing the needs of at-risk communities.
Glynn holds both an undergraduate in political science and Asian studies from the University of Michigan, and a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. Glynn composed music for the Kunst Stoff dance performances in San Francisco, rocked live spoken word poetry in Detroit, joined a band in Indonesia, wrote several screenplays, painted a daring series of self portraits, released a blues album, and thinks his stories are best served with cocktails. He and his wife, Annie, have two children and live in Oakland.
Oakland Youth Orchestra is recognized as an outstanding Bay Area musical organization. Oakland Youth Orchestra, founded in 1963-1964 season as the educational arm of the Oakland Symphony, is recognized as an important musical organization in Oakland and the San Francisco Bay area. Formed in 1986, the orchestra has a history of commissioning, premiering and recording the works of American composers.
Today OYO consists of 88 talented music students aged 12 to 22 from throughout the region. OYO maintains a commitment to cultural exchange, and has toured extensively in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Caribbean Islands, Costa Rica, Mexico and Cuba, Italy, and in June 2004, Australia and New Zealand, and in 2007, Greece.
2013 Honorary Committee
Mayor Tom Bates, City of Berkeley
Assemblymember Rob Bonta, District 18, CA State Assembly
Lynn Cooper, Professor Emeritus, Sacramento State University
Dr. Susan Craig, Director, Student Services, Berkeley Unified School District
Superintendent Donald Evans, Hayward Unified School District
Edwin Epstein, Professor Emeritus, UC Berkeley
Mayor Marie Gilmore, City of Alameda
Councilmember Dan Kalb, District 1, City of Oakland
Ron Kelly, Professional Mediator
Assemblymember Bill Quirk, District 20, CA State Assembly
Commissioner Thomas Rasch, Alameda County Superior Courts
Jason H. Stein, Alternative Dispute Resolution Programs Administrator for Alameda County Superior Courts
Claudia Viera, Mediation Law Offices of Claudia Viera
Anne Campbell Washington, District 4 Director, Oakland Board of Education
David Yusem, Restorative Justice Program Manager, Oakland Unified School District
Thank you to all of our sponsors for making SEEDS’ 30th anniversary celebration such a success! Please find a list of all our individual donors here.
2013 Cultivating Common Ground Event Sponsors
Eric and Laura Lamison
Bay Area Association of SMACNA Chapters, Inc.
Ed and Jeanie Beatson
Jennifer Bullock, HOAleader.com
Jane Gottesman and Geoffrey Biddle
Kaiser Permanente Community Giving
Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
Kazan, McClain, Abrams, Fernandez, Lyons, Greenwood, Oberman, Satterley & Bosl Foundation
Elizabeth Riles, Bohbot & Riles, LLP
Ana Fatima Costa Consulting
Dennis and Susan Barnette
Lynn B. Cooper
Bill Hinkamp, Rockridge Builders
Mo Morris, Paul Steckel, and Van-Mulder Sheet Metal, Inc.
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center (PCRC)
IN-KIND DONATIONS FROM:
Castello di Amorosa, Napa Valley
DoubleTree Hilton by Berkeley Marina
Hs. Lordships Restaurant
Councilmember Dan Kalb, District 1, City of Oakland
Nate Fong Photography
SEEDS Board of Directors: Katina Bishop, Jennifer Bullock, Diana Gray, Eric Lamison, Greg Leventis, Howard McKoy, Nettie Pardue, Elizabeth Riles, Nina Senn, Sharon Sims-Leedie
Tacubaya Mexican Restaurant
Sponsorship Levels and Recognition Benefits
SEEDS holds it annual Cultivating Common Ground event on National Conflict Resolution Day. The celebration is held on the third Thursday in October annually across the county and internationally. It was conceived of in 2005 by the Association for Conflict Resolution to:
- Promote awareness of mediation, arbitration, conciliation and other creative, peaceful means of resolving conflict;
- Promote the use of conflict resolution in schools, families, businesses, communities, governments and the legal system;
- Recognize the significant contributions of (peaceful) conflict resolvers; and
- Obtain national synergy by having celebrations happen across the country and around the world on the same day.
Find out more here.